Hybrid shootout and other things

A few items:

– Got the Exotics hybrid on Wednesday afternoon and took it out for the first time on Thursday. Didn’t have tons of time to work with it on the range, but got a few swings in. My initial reaction was that it launches much lower than the Adams Super Hybrid, which is the other contender

Unable to really give it a run on the range, I took both clubs on the course (yes, I played with 15 sticks instead of 14). Afterwards, I still don’t know that I have an answer. My first few swings with the Exotics were dreadful, but it got better the more I swung it.

On 15 – one of the holes that I’m interested in finding an answer for – I hit two balls with each club. The Exotics got one ball on the green and one on the back fringe. The Adams, by contrast, wasn’t as good. I yanked one into a tree short of the green and hit the second one in a bunker.

While I want to try each of them a little more, my gut feeling is that the Exotics might be a touch more forgiving. We’ll see I guess.

– I have to love the fabulous mullet of Charley Hoffman this week. After a marginal British Open in which Ernie Els missed the cut for me, I rallied in fantasy golf last week thanks to Charlie Wi’s great Sunday round and tie for fourth. I’m in fourth place with eight tournaments to go. A couple of good weeks could move me quickly into second.

With the tour playing in West Virginia this week, I felt compelled to go with the guy with the mullet. It seemed pretty obvious. Well, the guy with the hair shot an even par first round and started this morning outside of the cut line. Well, it appears things have started to turn around. As I write this, Hoffman is 4-under for the day, has moved up into the top 25, and is safely inside the cut line. That is a good thing as when my guy is near the cut line and playing in the afternoon wave, my Friday productivity drops pretty dramatically.

– Excited to play tomorrow at StoneRidge, the Bobby Weed designed course between Woodbury and Stillwater. It is basically the only really good public course in the Twin Cities that I have never played. Should be a good time.

– I have updated my Unique Golf Courses Played since 2002 list with four brand new courses so far in 2010 and 172 courses since the start of 2002. I would think I will add a few more brand new courses before the end of the year. I now need to write up some posts on courses I’ve played in 2010 — I’m at 11 currently and will be at 12 tomorrow.

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